• ONLY WATCH 2011

As an expression of commitment to the Only Watch cause, URWERK auctioned in 2011 the UR-103 Phoenix, a unique timepiece made of white gold and hand-decorated by master engraver maker Jean-Vincent Huguenin, one of the most gifted artists in this field.

Fascinated by universal cultures and legends, Jean-Vincent did not take long to decide on the theme of this mythical bird, the Phoenix was revered in Ancient Greece as well as being a legendary hero in China and Japan.

In his steady hand, Jean-Vincent has been able to conjure up one of URWERK’s iconic creations and give it a new, universal dimension. And so, in recognition of all those engaged in the battle to save children from muscular dystrophy, the UR-103 sports that most quintessential symbol of resistance and resilience: A phoenix rising from the flames.

“In our daily lives we all have objects that are slightly talismanic,” says watch artist and URWERK co-founder Martin Frei. “We love to have them at our side, in touching distance. Without giving them a mystical value, we assign them a virtue, an ‘aura’. With this in mind, we have designed the UR-103 as a veritable talisman – a source of energy for its future owner.”

Martin Frei

Technical details

Case

Case in

White gold, back in titanium

Dimensions

50mm x 36mm x 13.5mm

Glasses

Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating

Water resistance

Pressure tested to 3 ATM 

Surface finishes

Polished case
Hand engraving
Back PECVD (Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapour Deposition) treated

Movement

Calibre

UR-3.03 manually wound

Jewels

21

Escapement

Swiss lever

Balance

Monometallic

Frequency

21,600v/h, 3Hz

Balance spring

Flat

Power source

Single mainspring barrel

Power reserve

36 hours

Surface finishes

Circular-grained and rhodium-plated baseplate, chamfered and polished screw heads

Indications

On the back

White gold
Control board in titanium with Power-reserve indicator
15-minute and 60-second dials for precise time setting

Surface finishes

Sandblasted and satin-finished carousel; circular graining
Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapour Deposition
Luminous hours and minutes scale

Controls

Two-position winding crown

On the back

fine tuning screw (fast/slow)